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January 18, 2010

Big Buttons Dress Tutorial


I love doing custom orders. Custom orders are a lot of work, but gives me different challenges, and a chance to expand different variations and patterns of work.
I was recently asked to make a modification of this dress. Her request was to keep the big buttons, add "rolled up sleeves", and big pockets. Before I made one for her, I made one sample to make sure if the patterns work. It ended up this dress was pretty simple, and can be adjusted in different sizes very very easily.
Although I added darts for the previous dress, the dresses above a very simple, no curves, all straight line dress. I'm terrible at explaining things, but I'm gonna try... here you go!

Here is a brief how-to to make this dress.
You need measurements of your:
♥ shoulder to shoulder measurement (16" for me)
♥ from your shoulder to the top of the bust measurement (mine was 9")
♥ desired length of the dress (in this case, I made it for 34")

Material:
♥ About 1.50m of fabric
♥ covered button kit
♥ invisible zipper

Pattern:
1. Top panels
♥ Take your shoulder to shoulder measurement (mine is about 16"), and add 3" each side. So the total width of the top front panel is about 23".
♥ The length of your top front panel is the measurement of your shoulder to the top of your bust.
♥ Now your have a rectangle fabric, 23" ×9". Cut two (one for front, and one for back)
♥ Adjust the neckline, you can make it like boat neck, or round neck.

2. Skirt panels
♥ Take the length of your shoulder to shoulder measurement (16"), and multiply it by 1.5. In my case, this is 24". This becomes the width of your skirt panels, front and back.
♥ The length of your skirt panels should be (your desired length of the dress) - (length of your top panel). In this case, 34-9=25.
♥ Now you have a rectangle fabric, 24" ×25".
♥ Gather the top of this skirt panel fabric, and shorten it (gather) so it becomes your shoulder to shoulder measurement (16"). Then sew this into the top panel, leave 3" both sides for the sleeve.

3. Pockets, roll up sleeves etc.
This is your preference. Make many different variations!

4. Zipper should be added to the back middle, and I would cut the back top and skirt panels 0.5" longer so it has extra seem allowance for installing zipper.

I know this is very brief and I skipped many processes, so please feel free to ask any questions! Please link to this post if you make a dress from this tutorial;) Happy sewing♥

19 comments:

RubyTed said...

Thank you for the tutorial! It's a beautiful dress! I can't wait to have a go!!

Ali

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lunatepetal said...

very cute!

Jo said...

i think the tutorial is too hard for me.. but i love the dress... :) do you think you will put it in your shop:)

littlecottondresses said...

Love the simple chic dress - thanks for the tutorial!

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the guilty hyena said...

they look good especially the shoulder arms

@ The GUILTY HYENA †

sulovessew said...

thanks for sharing such a great tutorial, what kind of fabric will be suitable? I normally work with quilting cotton but i realize how wrinkly they tend to get.

issa said...

such cute dresses!!

vivatveritas said...

thanks all for your comment!

> jo
sorry it's too hard - perhaps i'll make more detail post with step by step instruction.

> sulovessew
in the photos, i used medium weight cotton fabric. i would recommend using light weight - to medium weight cotton or linen, and avoid thick fabric:)

Lucie said...

Im just getting into this kind of thing - the tutorial is so helpful, thankyou!

Lucie
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xxxx

atia said...

thanks, this is a great dress, will definitely try it out!

vivatveritas said...

hi lucie and atia, thanks for your comment! i'm looking forward to seeing your version of the dress:)

Anonymous said...

I love this type of dress and I've been trying to figure out a pattern for one, so thank you! Do you have any tips on making the sleeves?

Claire x

vivatveritas said...

hi claire, hmmm tips on making sleeves, it's pretty simple, because you dont have to put a separate sleeve.the sleeves are connected to the front panel.

good luck making! let me know if you have any questions:)

J.S said...

Do your measurements include seam allowances?

vivatveritas said...

J.S., no, it does not include seam allowance.

Ainsley said...

super duper cute! i love this dress!

Liza A. said...

I just came thru this post, had no idea why I didn't read the post :( hmm...the dresses looks very me =) simple and comfortable. Had to try this!! Thank you for the instructions and i love the navy blue dress :)